Hardwicke’s commercial team given a major New Year boost

05 Jan 2017

Hardwicke’s increasingly high profile within the commercial sector has been given a major boost as it welcomes Stephen Brown and Phillip Patterson as new members.

We are delighted to welcome Stephen and Phillip,” says PJ Kirby QC, Joint Head of Chambers and a significant commercial practitioner himself. “Their expertise is an ideal match for Hardwicke’s commercial offering and the service we are able to give to our clients.

Chief Executive, Amanda Illing, is equally enthusiastic: “Welcoming two more talented and well-regarded recruits at the start of the year is a major boost. Their arrival strengthens our commercial offering to clients even further and we very much look forward to working with them.


Stephen has a broad-based dispute resolution practice and acts in complex commercial disputes, usually with an international dimension. Before coming to the Bar, Stephen was a partner in two renowned international law firms (Mayer Brown and Jones Day), and recommended by both Chambers UK and Legal 500 as a leading individual in commercial litigation. Having qualified as a Higher Rights advocate in 2001, Stephen has appeared regularly in various divisions of the High Court, including the Commercial Court, the Chancery Division, the Queen’s Bench Division, the Competition Appeal Tribunal and in the Court of Appeal. He is also a CEDR Accredited Mediator.

His experience covers both litigation and international arbitration, extending to all types of contractual dispute, including joint ventures and warranty claims, across sectors including asset management, automotive, aviation, chemicals, hospitality, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals, technology and telecoms. Stephen regularly advises in relation to shareholders’ rights and directors’ duties, as well as high value fraud cases. He also has extensive niche experience in relation to competition follow-on claims and handles professional negligence work, mainly in relation to solicitors. Stephen has appeared in arbitrations both ad hoc and under the rules of various institutions including the ICC, AAA and LMAA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the LCIA.

He has successfully advised some of the world’s largest corporations including BASF, Cable & Wireless, Dow, GE, General Motors, Hilton, IATA, Ineos, JPMorgan, PKN, Procter & Gamble, sanofi-aventis, Total and Toyota.

Hardwicke also welcomes Phillip Patterson (call 2008) whose main focus is on company-related disputes, ranging from complicated unfair prejudice claims to allegations of mismanagement and breaches of fiduciary duty. This work has also given Phillip experience in civil fraud, asset tracing and recovery claims. He has extensive knowledge of the Companies Act 2006 and also advises in relation to corporate and personal insolvency. 

Phillip handles mainstream commercial disputes and has a particular interest in banking and financial services work, having studied banking law at postgraduate level. He also deals with consumer law and misselling as well as professional negligence claims.

Phillip has experience of EU law, public inquiries, Privy Council appeals, public procurement as well as planning and election law. Phillip spent 4 years on the high-profile Al Sweady Inquiry as report draftsman.


Harwicke has attracted a number of significant practitioners over the 12 months. Frederico Singarajah also joined the international arbitration and commercial team whilst the property team gained John Clargo, Jamal Demachkie and Carl Brewin

If you would like any further information, please contact Amanda Illing on 020 7242 2523 or amanda.illing@gatehouselaw.co.uk.